There is still time to register for an event on track to set records and make waves. Nearly 50 teams are already registered for the 4th Annual Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival, benefiting the┬áT.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital Foundation. Registration remains open until July 2. Last year, 40 teams competed, and already for 2010, the event is on track to exceed that number. The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, at the TVA Park at Chickamauga Dam. Registration is available online at racedragonboats.com.

Paddlers raise pledges to benefit the Foundation, which totaled $93K a year ago. The fundraising goal this year is $125,000. Teams are already raising funds online now at http://www.erlanger.org/dragonboat.

Racing features teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer in authentic Hong Kong-style dragon boats. All ages, skill levels and physiques can participate, making it the ultimate team building sport, requiring synchronicity and finesse, more than power to win. In its fourth year, this event is the ultimate in fun and fundraising. Bring your best!

Each team will get two on-water practices the week prior to the event and compete in at least two heats on race day – Saturday, July 24. Festival teams with the best race heat times battle for the title of Grand Champion.

Additionally, the event coincides with the USDBF (U.S. Dragon Boat Federation) Club Crew National Championships. Club crews from all over the U.S. will race from July 23 – 25 for prize money and entry into World Club Crew Championships in Hong Kong in 2012. More information is available online at www.racedragonboats.com, or you may email penny@racedragonboats.com or call (423) 778-4688.